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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It’s been said, “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” But death doesn’t get worse every time the Legislature meets. Collecting more taxes in the midst of historic increases in our state’s revenue is dishonorable and downright greedy.

The 2019 session has seen one of the biggest budget surpluses in Washington’s history. According to a recent revenue forecast, within the next two-year budget cycle the state will be collecting more than $50 billion.  That’s a lot of money.

For some lawmakers, it’s still not enough. House Democrats have proposed a state operating budget that would increase taxes by more than $4.2 billion over the next four years.

Take a look at the chart below for some context on the spending increases the Legislature is considering. Currently, our state budget is at $44.4 billion. In 2013, it was $30.9 billion. The proposed budget for 2019-21 is $56.9 billion. That’s a 70% increase in state spending since 2013!

This extreme spending trend can only end in disaster. With many economists signaling a coming downward economic spiral, fully committing every last revenue dollar only ensures painful fiscal cuts in the future.

We don’t need new taxes! What we need is a state government with the discipline to live within its means. Watch my recent legislative update video on the House Democrats budget proposal by clicking below.

Want to learn more about the state budget and tax structure? Here are a couple of resources:

Thank you!

Do you have questions or concerns about the proposed tax increases discussed in this update? Feel free to contact me by calling (360) 786-7806 or send email to jim.walsh@leg.wa.com. I’m always glad to hear from you.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you in Olympia.


Jim Walsh

State Representative Jim Walsh, 19th Legislative District
428 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7806 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000